Water Life

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Take an unprecedented visual journey into Planet Water.
Water Life captures extraordinary locations and intimate animal behavior never before seen on
film. Two years in the making, this groundbreaking series takes viewers on an unprecedented
visual journey to aquatic ecosystems on five continents to reveal how water shapes and sculpts
the landscape and provides food and refuge for an astonishing array of species. This epic series
tells water’s story a… More >>

Water Life

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  1. Don’t hestitate to buy this DVD. Much, much better than Planet Earth. Beautiful and stunning image. I owned Blue Planet, Coral Sea Adventure, Planet Earth, Animal Amazing Event but this one is the best.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. This 3 disc blu-ray collection appeared impressive…well pricewise….

    However Water Life (to me) is quite a dissapointment…….having been captivated by the BBC Planet Earth on Blu-Ray perhaps I was expecting too much. Water Life is not a BBC production….far from it….

    In High Definition the pictures are “pretty” …lots and lots of aerial shots, and if this was to receive a rating in the animal world, there’d be an X for the sex scenes….animals birds and reptiles copulating. The titles and there are plenty appear to be in spanish…the narration….maybe I’m wrong but the narrator who has clear and crisp english delivery sounds Japanese. The narrative text….mistakes…does the Amazon River hold 15 percent of the world’s water…or should it be 15 percent of the world’s “fresh” water? Also a doubtful fact. Occasionally there are obvious mistakes in other parts of the text….maybe the audio engineer did not understand english well enough for a final control. There’s not so much scientific fact…the text appears to have been full of words, often stating the obvious. Look around for the “big deals” on BBC Blu-Ray discs……give Water Life a miss…I wish I did.

    Stephen Fleay

    retired international correspondent

    Bandung Java Indonesia

    Rating: 1 / 5

  3. BBC has set the bar incredibly high and Water Life is not Planet Earth or Blue Planet…very different type of Blu-Ray experience. That being said, the video quality is amazing, I’d say it’s actually the most beautiful Blu-Ray disc I own. The detail seen in the macro shots are stunning, and as mentioned by others, presents some quite artistic shots. My two biggest complains are as follows:

    1. Not enough time spent on the subject being filmed. The flow of the scenes are very scattered and they seemed to jump from one beautifully filmed scene to another…I found myself wishing they could stick to one subject, rather than showing 10 second clips (sometimes less) of a bunch of random creatures that fit in the particular subject being discussed.

    2. That brings me to my second big complaint…the narration is brutal. I have been watching nature documentaries since I was three, now almost thirty (and yes, I am serious, George Page in Nature and Marty Stouffer in Wild America) and I know tons about nature/animals, and pretty much this narration seemed “dumbed up”.

    So in conclusion I still rate this four stars because the film-makers captured wonderful images of unique creatures (like I said, very different than Blue Planet) but there definitely is room for improvement. Had those issues had been different, I would have actually rated it in the same league as the BBC films.

    Rating: 4 / 5

  4. This is a very disappointing production. As other reviewers have said, it definitely is far below the quality of recent BBC productions. In fact, very far below those lofty standards. If you collect the several criticisms that have been posted on this, they are all correct. First, unless you know very little about natural history, you will learn nothing from these programs. I would not say the the narrative is error-prone, as in the narrative in some PBS Nature productions, it is just simple-minded and hard to listen to for any length of time. In one episode, on fresh water, you will flip from shots of tropical animals to a temperate stream, with no apparent reason. This is typical- you will be flipped from clip to clip in a sequence that may have been random! Much of the source material was very low quality, but most of it was very good, in fact. It is what the film editors did with these clips that boggles the viewers. Invariably, time motion is jerky and interrupted, so that, in panning landscape shots in particular, there is no smooth motion at all. At first I thought that this was related to digital artifacts (and there are many of those), but no, this was intentional. If you see a good clip (and there are many), you will have only about one second at most to watch it, before you are flashed to something else. Whoever put this together may have had a background in “creative video editing,” but clearly no evident appreciation for the thoughtful observation of nature by a viewer. One would think that the theme of water movement and its impact on various ecosystems could be the basis of a meaningful production, but this one is very hard for me to watch. Maybe other people process visual information differently than I do! Anyway, for awesome productions see BBC productions on the Galapagos, Planet Earth, and most of the Yellowstone production. I really enjoy watching those, as much as I find this water series difficult to enjoy. Good natural history video? It starts with outstanding cinematography, but also requires excellent research and thematic focus on scripts, and careful film editing to preserve the special art of this medium. Rent before you buy this one!
    Rating: 1 / 5

  5. Water Life is a very good documentary and probably the best I’ve seen in a long time that wasn’t produced by the BBC. Visually, this documentary is stunning (especially in blu-ray). It covers aquatic environments on land and in water, showcasing the diversity and range of ecosystems.

    This isn’t simply another version of Blue Planet: Seas of Life. In fact, Water Life features relatively few of the large, charismatic aquatic animals such as whales and sharks (although they are in the documentary). Rather, this series spends a good deal of time with the smaller creatures. It does this well, with great closeups of insects and baby fish. Many of these animals, while not new to science, are certainly new to TV viewers. In fact, it’s almost more like Microcosmos in that sense.

    Unfortunately, the narrator doesn’t match the quality of the footage. The narrator’s voice is extremely dry, almost robotic. While the images show awesome scenes of water ripping through valleys, the narrator comes across as pedantic in tone. It’s too bad David Attenborough couldn’t narrate it. Perhaps the narration could be remixed for a new version of Water Life.
    Rating: 4 / 5

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